more abstinent

abstinence

[ab-stuh-nuhns]
noun
1.
forbearance from any indulgence of appetite, especially from the use of alcoholic beverages: total abstinence.
2.
any self-restraint, self-denial, or forbearance.
3.
Economics. the conserving of current income in order to build up capital or savings.
4.
the state of being without a drug, as alcohol or heroin, on which one is dependent.
Also, abstinency.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Latin abstinentia. See abstain, -ence

abstinent, adjective
abstinently, adverb
proabstinence, adjective

abstention, abstinence.


1. abstemiousness, sobriety, teetotalism.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To more abstinent
Collins
World English Dictionary
abstinence (ˈæbstɪnəns)
 
n
1.  the act or practice of refraining from some action or from the use of something, esp alcohol
2.  chiefly RC Church the practice of refraining from specific kinds of food or drink, esp from meat, as an act of penance
 
[C13: via Old French from Latin abstinentia, from abstinēre to abstain]
 
'abstinent
 
adj

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

abstinence
c.1300, "forbearance in indulgence of the appetites," from L. abstinentia, from abstinens (gen. abstinentis), prp. of abstinere (see abstain). Specifically of sexual appetites from mid-14c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

abstinence ab·sti·nence (āb'stə-nəns)
n.
The act or practice of refraining from indulgence in an appetite, as for certain foods, drink, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or sex.


ab'sti·nent adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature